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    Posted: 21 December 2017 at 08:59

I have a Hanse 445 (2014) and from the beginning there are problems with the autopilot system (Simrad B&G).

The main problem is that during the sailing sometimes the autopilot system switches to Standby mode displaying the message:"missing control unit".

The company has already changed the electronic compass, the wind sensor and twice the autopilot control unit.

The problem has not been solved!!

Is anyone familiar with that and can advice what else can be done?

Thank you very much

Yoram

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Carlosailfan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 December 2017 at 10:23
Maybe this hint can help:
A short drop in power supply to the control unit can lead to this problem. Not easy to detect seen a permanent failure is easy to find, a short interruption :( hard to find.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Fendant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 December 2017 at 11:26
Is your control unit getting the power over the simnet ?  In this case I would rig a second power supply directly into the CU.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Persephone Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 December 2017 at 17:03
B&G/Simrad released software updates for some of their autopilot controllers a few weeks ago [NAC-1, NAC-2 and NAC-3]. One of the issues addressed was "No AP Computer" alarms.

The updates are available online from Simrad or B&G. Hope this helps.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote FREEDOM Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 January 2018 at 08:51
Thanks for all the hints and help.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote foret Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 September 2019 at 08:49
Dear Freedom,

I have exactly the same probleme you have with a new B&G configuration.
Did you solved the problem? If yes can you share your solution.

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I just a week ago finished a transfer from Northsea via Biscay, Gibraltar to the Med. During the first leg in the Chanel we experienced multiple resets of the Zeuss MFD which consequently also switched off the  Autopilot. At our next stop I contacted B&G service with all our details and explained that this behavior would be a Desaster if happening downwind with our Parasailor up.
Within a working day I received a reply suggesting to downgrade the software of the Zeuss back to now 18.2 (from 18.3). And it helped, it did not happen again, system worked flawlessly. 

So, seemed to be a known problem with Navico.


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